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The Leviathan is coming along! She's all painted-up, and walls have been installed.
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Jesse and I were up at the Lab, having a nice walk around and plotting the coming acre-garden up there. Here's the mid morning view we had.
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BEARBERRY!
KINNIKINNIK!
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I found these tufts of fur on the tipi berm.
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Olenka living in the solar cart
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Sometimes the tipi just isn't alternative enough.
 
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My Greenwood table is finally done. I've been putting nights and weekends into it off and on for about a month. This was my first experiment with mortis and tenon joinery. Working with roundwood is way more time consuming than dimensional lumber, but it was a fun project for the most part.

1st pic is the tools used for virtually the whole project. I also used a screwgun here and there for some joints that didn't seal well enough, but that was the only power tool involved.

2nd is a side view where you can see lots of the bracing, as well as little fish I put in the middle of the two lengthwise braces. The table looked "fishy" to me as I made it- turns out crooked logs don't want to be made plum or level, so everything looks a little... off. I wanted to celebrate how the table came out so I looked for a place to install a fish. And now I call it my fishy table.

More pictures of details coming soon.
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Another pic. This is inside .7. .7 is fairly clean, but could possibly use some touch ups and some more furniture before we have video shot in it.
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Good morning snow! It's been a while.
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Yesterday, before it started snowing, I experimented with creating a stone pathway - meant to provide access to the garden bed (ala keyhole beds, sort of) and a water spigot if we ever re-plumb it.

The beds are currently being sheet mulched with kitchen scraps, sawdust and conifer boughs. The 2nd pic shows the dormant shrub rose at the corner of the house.

This was a quick experiment to see if I could make them fairly even and stable despite the stones varying widely in thicknesses - all the way from 2" to 8" and uneven on the bottom sides. We happen to have copious sand, which helps, too.
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freshly washed base camp stone
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view across the front of the house with the stone path
 
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Right after I posted the snow pic this morning, Tim said folks would be interested in coming out as long as we didn't post pictures of the snow! Ha.

Tim said they had around 12" last night on the lab, compared to our 8-10".

Here's the quick sweeping job I did this morning. As long as it's not tamped down by loads of footsteps, this snow is such lovely, light, dry powder that a broom makes short work of clearing the porch and walkway.
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And then the sun melts and then dries any remaining or missed little bits of snow and ice (even on a cold day) making a clean and safe path.

Winter sun with blue skies: a wonderous, beautiful thing right outside our front door.
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Wow, those hugelkultur berms are really something.

I do hope I can come out some time this year and see how things have changed!
 
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How lucky we are to have cool visitors like this. Sadie, the baby prairie hawk. (And her handlers/falconers Brian and Tasha.)
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Oh, and here's the caldera of the hollowed out volcano with good submarine access a week ago. The whole volcano is "erupting" with arrowleaf balsamroot. I love this flower.
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the caldera in early May
 
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that looks like a lovely peaceful place to sit
 
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It is, Julia! We sure enjoy it. It seems there are loads and loads of arrowleaf balsamroot flowers this year! Even more have bloomed since this picture a week ago. I would love to learn how to use them. (I keep saying that, maybe one of these times I'll actually act on it.)
 
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Jocelyn, Many of my friends have cut up the roots and gently heated them in some raw honey. Here's an example of this: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.652955961402093.1073741826.158010274230000&type=3

You may also want to check out Michael Moore's Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West which also describes how to make this arrowleaf balsam honey. It's amazing for lung problems and colds. http://www.amazon.com/Medicinal-Plants-Mountain-Michael-Moore/dp/0890134545
 
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Thank you Dennis!

Here's the start of raspberry rock.
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raspberry at raspberry rock, base camp
 
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I have some pictures from the past months that I haven't posted - maybe I'll get to those after a bit. So, today, I'll just post some current snow pictures. I decided the sun melting things along the roof lines makes for some significant icicle danger!

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loving the bright sunny, snowy Montana days
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broken icicle from falling onto the porch
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HUGE icicle where there used to be a downspout - more, if you can see them along the front of the office/garage
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more icicles across the face of the "Fisher Price house" at base camp
 
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Oh my. I posted one of these icicle pics to Facebook and a friend said she worked with a gal who about lost her eye to an icicle. Wow.

Be safe out there, people!
 
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Just a little hat tip to spring and Easter!
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truffles and sweet-smelling jasmine for Easter
 
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I got a bit verklempt about this today.

Sean let us know there were bees in the hive at the lab and took pics for us. We hadn't seen any sign of life in the hive this spring until now.

Soooo happy!!
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more bee joy!
 
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Huzzah for bees! I collected a swarm in March, it's fun to watch the colony grow through the little window in our top bar hive.
 
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The last of last year's garlic harvest from base camp hugels. We're still building soil with cover cropping (so no fertilizer or compost was used), and only irrigated once (if I recall) in an attempt to save seeds planted in what was supposed to be a rainy season that turned into an unseasonably hot and dry spell.

So close to no irrigation and no fertilizer but the first/second year hugels and other growies.

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Last of the 2015 base camp garlic harvest
 
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First pic, some sky drama at base camp last week. My phone camera did not do justice to the colors.

Second, a crosscut of the "soil" (ahem, rocks!) here at base camp. This is along the volcano road built last year. Note the tree roots poking through the rocks below the thin topsoil layer.

Third, how do trees of that size (one that I think was felled for road construction) grow on bedrock like this? Amazement happens.

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base camp dramatic sky
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base camp volcano road soil / rocks
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trees that grow on bedrock at base camp
 
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Check out this gift from Evan (and Kai and others?)! Duck eggs and morels - WOW! And YUM.

Thank you!!

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duck eggs and morels
 
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I'm liking the jewel tones of the hound's tongue flowers.

Paul might prefer I pick them for bouquets instead of letting them become annoying burrs.
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hound's tongue just starting to bloom
 
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Some epic art has been hand-crafted by Kai and installed here at base camp. This has made my week. My month. Maybe my year.

The first picture is from earlier this morning, inside the gate. Initially, a wood and wire gate was created, with wire fencing on either side. Last year, Josho Somine created the roundwood archway, which was a different size than the first gate. The archway, the gorgeous gate, and the junkpole fencing on either side has all combined to be a HUGE upgrade and just pure joy.

The gate leads into the first paddock at base camp, which is at the north end of the fisher price house. The paddock is for future livestock (when we have at least 1-2 more paddocks fenced and lush with forage) and to keep deer and turkeys out of our growies.

The custom handle is epic, too.
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new gate at base camp fisher price house
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This makes me insanely happy that Kai is still creating art - I have his art everywhere in our house! Thank YOU for posting pictures and letting me stalk my son from afar
 
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That gate is gorgeous, and the handle especially so!
 
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Amy Lynette wrote:This makes me insanely happy that Kai is still creating art - I have his art everywhere in our house! Thank YOU for posting pictures and letting me stalk my son from afar



Oh so glad to have you here on the forums, Amy! Kai is pretty amazing - kudos to you!

Kai has filled in more of the fencing - artistically, of course! - to help it be more chicken proof. We so look forward to having chickens here.

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I love it!! I might have to borrow him this summer to build me one....if I can get him back here -- he loves it there. I have been stalking this forum pretty much since he left CSU and decided to move there.

(also, tell Kai I want him to make you a chalk pastel if he hasn't yet -- i think he brought some of his art stuff there.. but i will send it if he didn't. Thanks for the pictures, and for feeding him -- he says you make delicious food!
 
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Today's bee waterer - set up in less than 5 minutes.

Some day hope to replace the plastic with something better, though after fishing a drowning bee out of a bucket, I figured something is better than nothing!

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I was happy to see this guy on our back porch. He might have hatched out of a compost bucket I left there a few too many days.

He did not care I was there or stepping over him to get a pic. In fact, it seemed as if he was sizing me up, saying "bring it!"
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Do you recognize this guy?
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Size in relation to screw head in step
 
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Is that a black soldier fly?

He seems "furrier" than other pictures I've seen.
 
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Julia Winter wrote:Is that a black soldier fly?

He seems "furrier" than other pictures I've seen.



Fred thought it was different than a BSF, too, though now I can't remember what he said!
 
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One lone daisy in November after I'd chopped-and-dropped weeks ago. #rmhsmoker #wheatonlabs #chopanddrop #montana #warmnovember
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